feeding goats in winter

quiltnchik

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The goat in the center of the bottom pic (white with black stripe) could be my wether's twin! Beautiful place you have there. I'm also interested in mangels and where to find them. We just moved to a 64-acre farm in October and, though I have lots of plans in my head, I have yet to decide on a layout and am still gathering ideas and information :)
 

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I just had to google what the heck a "mangel" was! At first I thought you were misspelling "mango", till I saw the photos. Now you've got my attention!

And that garden...wow....just wow! So jealous!
 

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AdoptAPitBull said:
I just had to google what the heck a "mangel" was! At first I thought you were misspelling "mango", till I saw the photos. Now you've got my attention!

And that garden...wow....just wow! So jealous!
X2 what is a mangel? I love you garden, Where in Mass?
I grew up in Lynn and moved south, my Mom moved north almost to Canada. :/

I would love to hear more on your feeding and care practices on your goats.

Beautiful yard and I love your barn. :bow
 

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You can order mangel seeds from Johnny's Seeds online. I'm going to plant some this year, just for fun, and hopefully they'll grow in Oklahoma. Gardening in Oklahoma is a far cry from New England.

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DonnaBelle said:
You can order mangel seeds from Johnny's Seeds online. I'm going to plant some this year, just for fun, and hopefully they'll grow in Oklahoma. Gardening in Oklahoma is a far cry from New England.

DonnaBelle
It is hotter so plant early and I have used an umbrella during the hottest part of the day, I live in Arkansas and I grew up in Mass. what are mangels beets?
 

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AdoptAPitBull said:
I just had to google what the heck a "mangel" was! At first I thought you were misspelling "mango", till I saw the photos. Now you've got my attention!

And that garden...wow....just wow! So jealous!
If you look up fodder beet you should get more information.

Chris
 

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I must agree absolutely beautiful garden! And I'm so impressed with how self sufficient you are certainly gives me some inspiration
 

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Thank you for this info. Its just the type of thing I've been looking for. Beautiful garden...love the flowers and beautiful, happy goats!
 

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Chris said:
AdoptAPitBull said:
I just had to google what the heck a "mangel" was! At first I thought you were misspelling "mango", till I saw the photos. Now you've got my attention!

And that garden...wow....just wow! So jealous!
If you look up fodder beet you should get more information.

Chris
lol I googled it too for the same reason...
 

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Thank you everyone for the nice comments about my garden.
I'll try to answer everyone's questions. You can order mangel seeds from several catalogs such as Johnny's seeds, R.H. Shumways's, or Heirloom seeds. If you decide to grow them, just be aware that you get 2 plants per each seed - in reality it's 2 seeds fused together (survival technique of the plant), and when they are about 3 inches, one seedling needs to be transplanted or they will compete with each other and don't grow much. They take very easily when transplanted bare root, they just need to be watered a couple of times. They take light frost if started in early Spring or pulled in late Fall. While they are growing, they also produce a lot of green leaves that can be constantly cut and used for animal feed.

DonnaBelle asked if I live in Heaven,.....well, I'm a single guy in my 30's and the pleasure of my life is to be in touch with Nature. At times, it really feels like it's a piece of Heaven here. I found this property 3 years ago looking for foreclosure sales online. It used to be a horse farm, and the previous owners moved away leaving the farm behind. I was quite curious and on the day of the sale I got a certified bank check and a statement from my bank saying that I had X amount of money in my account, just in case. I did not have any experience in such matters and did not know how foreclosures work, I just went to see. Nobody showed up other than the auctioneer and myself; so I bought it on the spot.
There were no gardens here, just a large horse pasture with quite a few rocks and all dug up by heavy tractor tires. I cleaned it up, and planted the garden, now the barn is painted, and everything looks decent. I'm 25 miles away from the hospital where I work, but I don't mind the commute at all. Im located in a small rural town - Granville in Western Massachusetts.
Again, thank you all, and good luck to all of you.
 
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